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Guest Speaker: Yolaine Stout

September 8, 2007

NDEr from Suicide Attempt; President of IANDS

Yolaine Stout is the current President of the International Association
for Near-Death Studies, a near-death experiencer, a writer, strategic
planner and life coach. An honors graduate from the UC Berkeley School
of Education in 1976, she taught languages for 25 years.

In 1982, she had a suicidal NDE due to severe depression over a failing
marriage, poor health and inability to conceive. An atheist at the time,
her NDE turned her beliefs about the purpose and meaning of life---and
what follows---inside out. As a result of her NDE and learning how to
\"tune in,\" she was able to conquer her depression and among other
achievements, helped a struggling non-profit organization raise several
million dollars to purchase land for a nature preserve.

Yolaine sees it as her purpose in life to help individuals and
non-profit organizations discover the power of vision, purpose and
passion. She retired from teaching languages five years ago to devote
herself full-time to this purpose. She is currently finishing a
self-help book for people suffering from depression, which is largely
based on lessons about life learned during near-death experiences.

A desire to speak to other suicidal NDErs led Yolaine to IANDS. She was
invited to join the board after they learned of her experience in
non-profit development. She is the author of a recent article: 6 Major
Challenges Faced by Near-Death Experiencers (Journal for Near-Death
Studies), and is collaborating with Dr. Kenneth Ring on a workshop and
workbook based on <i>Lessons from the Light. </i>